Stretching is interesting to me. Yes it may increase flexibility but our muscles need to be taut to the joint in order to keep their integrity.
The rules about stretching have yo yo’d back and forth throughout the years.
I don’t advocate stretching much, I love it personally and I do use it when I deem it necessary, and when I do stretch it’s always with used, warmed up muscles, no bouncing, holding for about 30 seconds.
Hi Karma. Both. Dynamic stretching as part of your warm-up before exercise, and static stretching afterwards. This is a good recipe for maintaining/improving your flexibility and reducing the risk of injury (although there is a bit of controversy about the injury reduction theory – in my opinion stretching IS helpful). I hope this helps.
I stretch for relaxation at the end of a workout. I can focus more inward, breathe deeply, and feel my body relax (Ahhhhhh:)
How and when one stretches depends on what activity you’re performing and what your ultimate goals are. For instance, I would encourage longer, deeper stretching only AFTER a workout (or when the body’s core temperature is raised). Stretching while cold (or not sufficiently warm) is a bad idea (especially in the hour or so after getting out of bed).
I think anything “stretch-like” done before a workout should be gentle, focussing more on range of motion than trying to get into the deepest stretch. Further, if we’re speaking of athletes, there is some evidence to show that pre-event stretching hampers their performance significantly.
Hope this helps.
I believe the purpose of stretching is to increase flexibility which will help your overall fitness and help you stay injury free. That being the case, I recommend actual stretching at the end of the workout. It would be pointless at the beginning as your muscles have not worked hard enough or long enough to benefit.